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Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Ranked #23 of 52 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Certificate of Excellence
Anaheim, California
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62 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great First Stay, Will Stay Again”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

We were driving from San Fransisco to Anahiem and decided to stay at Santa Barbara. There are four of us in our party (2 adults two teenagers) We were impressed by the staff, breakfast (breakfast patio included) and room. We took advantage of the free car parking and free bicycle hire and rode around the ocean front on both mornings after breakfast. The location is perfect for access to State St shopping preciinct . We walked everywhere!

It is an older building that has been beautifully refurbished. The bath room was super clean. Only concern from two members in our party was the noise of other guests. As its an older building, its possible to hear the walking around of others above.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Nice and clean hotel but not the BEST. Stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Express. Hotel is located in prime spot. Steps away from tons of restaurants and bars.
Check in was SUPER quick and easy. Bathrooms were clean and well stocked. Rooms are a bit small but also clean. Beds are waaaaay too soft but for one night I survived.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Earls Colne, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

Really friendly staff, large room with comfy beds, good selection at breakfast and a superb location in central Santa Barbara.
Had real character in a historic building.
Cannot recommend highly enough and would definitely stay again!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is the fourth time we have stayed at this hotel. The location is excellent for going to State Street, the beach and there are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby. Kay and her staff are always on hand to take care of your needs and we have always had a lovely room. The breakfast has plenty of choices and lovely fresh coffee. When in Santa Barbara we will always stay here.

Room Tip: Ask for the top floor and a corner room
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Colares, Portugal
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

We choose the HIE to stay during our trip in California and we were not expecting five star hotels.
We stayed only one night at the HIE Santa Barbara and for us the location was good, we could walk to the wharf and come back without problems. The hotel itself is very reasonable or good, room with enough space, bathroom ok, the service also good but we hadn´t any problem to test it
Yes the breakfast I don´t like the paper plates and the plastic cutlery .and besides these the breakfast is equal in all the HIE and this is boring. Anyway we have always the possibility to have the breakfast outside.
I am not sorry to had select the HIE Santa Barbara.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

PROS: State Street, the main boulevard where all the shops and restaurants are, is literally a 30 second walk from the hotel. The beach is only a 10 minute walk. The neighborhood is nice, there's a bar right across the street. The room was clean, the staff was friendly and very knowledgeable.

CONS: This is a renovated hotel that was originally built in 1915. My room was slightly smaller than the average hotel room but not by much. My boyfriend and I stayed here for our anniversary and we had a very pleasant experience. We plan on staying here the next time we go to Santa Barbara. Otherwise I have no complaints about the hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

There was mold in the bathroom, stuff spattered in more then one area by the beds, and the towles were wet before we even used them. After I brought this to their attention I was told we would be compensated. Upon checking out the next day, there was no change in the bill. SO brining it back to their attention they took off about 40%. Great for them. I will never stay again.

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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara

Property: Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara
Address: 17 W Haley St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-3428
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Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a half block from State Street in historic Old Town Santa Barbara, the Holiday Inn Express Santa Barbara provides luxury and convenience for the sophisticated traveler. Downtown shopping and restaurants are steps from your door, and the beach and Stearns Wharf are four blocks away. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast served weekly from 6:30AM-9:30 am and from 7 am to noon on weekends as well as free WIFI throughout the hotel. As a pet-friendly hotel, we welcome furry companions for $45/stay (up to 2 pets under 50 lbs.). We offer affordable parking to our guests at a rate of $14/day for 2016 and $16/day as of January 1, 2017 as well as complimentary bike rentals, and nearby, off-site swimming pool and 24-hour fitness facility access. Stay with us in the heart of Santa Barbara, where you are steps from all the city has to offer! ... more   less 
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